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Here are some answers to several frequently asked questions about the Carroll Kids and Carroll Teens summer programs for children who are blind and visually impaired:

Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2020. To receive an application and additional information, please email kidsandteens@carroll.org or call Nancy Sharon at 617-969-6200 ext. 217. When applying, you should also contact your child’s Commission for the Blind counselor to inquire about funding possibilities.

Students will prepare the majority of their meals and practice other independent living skills, assist in planning transportation, explore low vision and blindness technologies, and partake in recreational activities. Carroll Teens will focus on career exploration as well.

The staff to student ratio for the Carroll Kids and Carroll Teens programs is 1:3. All programming is planned and overseen by qualified educational professionals including Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), and Vision Rehabilitation Specialists (VRT). Support staff currently enrolled in vision studies or education programs or working in the field of vision education are also hired to work the summer programs.

Carroll Kids and Carroll Teens programs are housed in a Victorian-style home, set up as a residence hall on the Lasell University campus in Newton, MA. Carroll Kids and Carroll Teens share rooms in the home with their peers, sleep in a twin bed and use communal bathrooms as assigned. Summer program students and Carroll Center staff are the only occupants of the residence hall during the summer programming dates.

Daily meals and snacks are prepared in the residence. Dining experiences at restaurants, ice cream shops, and Lasell University’s dining hall are provided.